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Inspiring Stories from Plano

The heart of our mission at VoyageDallas is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our city. In the recent weeks we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of the Dallas-Fort Worth area’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with our city’s incredibly deep talent pool. Check out the rising stars of Plano and surrounding areas below.

Bridgette Ivers

I graduated from University of Georgia with a degree in Interior Architecture and Design. I now have over 25 years of experience in the design industry. With a business background, passion for interior design, and years of experience, I created Designer Warehaus! I also own Legacy Renovation and Design and love residential and commercial renovations! Owning your own business is never easy, but this year’s delays have been quite a struggle! Fortunately, I have lots of pieces in stock & ready to move in! Keeping an excellent team is also a huge asset to any business! Read more>>

Twee (Thuy) Nguyen

Well I started being in this hair beauty industry in 2005 in California, after I graduated from beauty school I didn’t really work until I got hired at Supercut , while working as a hairstylist I got a lot of people asking if I also do makeup as well, I know how to do makeup for myself but I haven’t done for anyone else beside for my sister and my friend at the time but now she’s my sister in law ( I married her brother, I know I know I’m that friend Hahaa) i remembered I met this one lady there she’s a client at supercut and she asked me if you could do her makeup and hair for her for an event one time because her makeup artist has an emergency at the time, I was a little hesitated but heck I took that chance and turned out she loved my works both hair and makeup. Read more>>

Tori DuBose

I am a new business owner who graduated from University of North Texas with a Bachelor degree in Interior Design. I decided to go out on my own because I wanted to prove to myself as well as my family and peers that I can be successful in the design field as a Black Designer. There isn’t much representation for Black men and women in this career field, so some may not know how many there really are. With me being young as well, it could prove difficult starting out, but I’m sure with God’s direction, I will succeed. Read more>>

Ashtyn Castellon

My journey began as a college student lacking direction. I wanted a job with independence and creative expression. My mom suggested hair school and instantly I could visualize a career path. I dropped out of college immediately and went to hair school in 2013. Hair was an entirely new skill I had to learn. Our work is so intimate with clients. I had to build confidence to socialize, physically touch, and command an appointment as a professional. It took years to hone. Read more>>

Victoria Crews

For most of my life, I was the girl staying home, calling out of work, and constantly miserable over something I couldn’t control. CRAMPS! They ran my life. I couldn’t function without my medication. Over-the-counter drugs are not for me, so I turned to herbs as a solution, which changed my life. Often, women aren’t informed about their cycle past Midol and Tampons. My goal was to create a product to market to help women suffering from painful menstrual cycle symptoms CHANGE their period. Read more>>

Manasseh Emanuel

Music has always been a part of my life in some way shape or form. My mom used to tell me even as a baby I was banging on pots and pans, but I really started taking music seriously at 12, which was when I got my first guitar. I did my first concert that year as well, and that’s really where I fell in love with playing, singing, practicing, and performing. Being involved with music has brought me so many great opportunities and given me a community of great people. Read more>>

Rodriunna Simpson

I would first like to start off by saying that God gets all the glory for my story, and thank you all for this interview! I will start by stating that I was born and raised in the great city of Memphis (the most beautiful land in the world lol)!! My childhood life started off pretty regular until I suddenly lost my mom when I was 7. That situation affected in such a crazy way that I honestly couldn’t piece together until I became an adult. I now use my past trauma to encourage and embrace others through theirs. Education-wise, I finished high school and finished college. You know, “the regular” stuff. I still wasn’t fulfilled. For a long time, I felt as though I was going through the motions, and nothing was happening for me. I felt like I was living to impress family rather than living for me. It felt like life was living me rather than me living life. Hopefully, that makes sense, but in short, I just felt like I had no purpose. Read more>>

Micah Talley

Hi, I’m Micah Talley and I’m from Amarillo Texas. I grew up in a really small town, with my mom and my older sister. Growing up I always had a love for music. I think the first time I knew I could really sing was around age 10, because my family would always ask me to sing for them. I remember writing my first song when I was like 12 but I used to have really bad stage fright so I would never show anyone my music. until I just woke up one day and I was like “hey I’m actually pretty good at this, so there’s no reason for me to be scared”. From that point on I started modeling and acting for a local agency in Amarillo. And I got a voice coach and that helped me improve my voice a lot. My mom actually moved me to a different school my freshman year of high school, so that I could pursue choir and Theater; because my old school didn’t have that. I ended up doing choir, theater, and a little bit of show choir all throughout high school. I would also occasionally upload covers to youtube and SoundCloud but didn’t take it very seriously at the time. I’m currently attending The University of North Texas, and that’s how I got where I am right now. Read more>>

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